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Join WFSU and host Tom Flanigan for the live, listener call-in program Perspectives. It's the perfect forum to discuss the issues that concern YOU!

Please join us by listening to the program every Thursday morning at 11, and by calling us. The numbers are 850-414-1234, or 800-926-8809. You can also e-mail your questions and comments to .

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Perspectives: Wildlife Wonders

Aug 22, 2013

In this part of the world, human interaction with wildlife is an almost daily occurrence.  St. Francis Wildlife Association Executive Director Stephanie Neumann talks about those interactions; especially what to do in cases involving injured or sick wild creatures.

Perspectives: Arts and Culture Plan

Aug 15, 2013

The Tallahassee/Leon County Arts and Cultural Plan is getting its ten-year tuneup.  A 17-member committee, appointed by the City and County, has finished its draft the document is now being vetted publicly.  To talk about the plan and the process are committee members:  Kelly Dozier, Berneice Cox, Jan Sheffield sand Chris Heacox.


Perspectives: Technology & Teaching

Aug 8, 2013

Chalkboards have become smart boards; composition books have given way to I-Pads.  Technology is remaking our classrooms and the way kids are learning.  Chris Czajka, director of WNET New York’s LAB@Thirteen educational materials project is joined by Astoria Park Elementary Teacher Brian Lassiter and Florida State University Educational Researcher Dr. Fengfeng Ke to examine the lessons learned.

Leon and its surrounding counties tend to have a higher infant mortality rate than the state as a whole, particularly in the African-American community.  Research shows that breastfeeding is a powerful weapon in the battle against infant mortality, while it also provides many other benefits to children and their families.  To discuss the issue at the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Month:  Tallahassee Memorial OBGYN Dr.

Perspectives: Aging in Place

Jul 25, 2013

On the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law, there’s a growing awareness that age, accident or illness will affect most of us at some time in our lives.  The panel argues it’s smart to plan for that eventuality when it comes to home construction and community redevelopment so more people can stay in their houses and neighborhoods for more of their lives.  Taking part in the discussion: Advocate for people with disabilities J.R. Harding; Larry Baxter with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs; and Jack Levine, founder of 4Generations Institute.

Perspectives: DIY Business

Jul 18, 2013

Entrepreneurship is hot in Tallahassee and there’s an abundance of local help to make it even hotter.  On the panel: Keith Bowers from Florida A&M University’s Small Business Development Center; Larry Lynch with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program for the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County; and Mike Campbell with the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University’s College of Business.

Perspectives: Domestic Violence Toolkit

Jul 12, 2013

There’s a new toolkit to help prevent domestic violence involving law enforcement officers.  Initially developed by Florida State University for Florida law agencies, it’s now going nationwide.  Discussing the matter:  Karen Oehme, director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies and Program Coordinator Zachary Summerlin, both from FSU; Steve Casey, executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Association; and Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Perspectives: Aging Issues

Jun 27, 2013

Tallahassee may still have one of Florida’s youngest populations, but the area is rapidly getting older as long-time residents age and a new wave of retirees starts moving in.  Lisa Bretz, planning administrator for the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc. and Mark Baldino, president and CEO of Elder Care Services of North Florida, talk about the need for more services as the trend accelerates.

Perspectives: Imagine Tallahassee

Jun 20, 2013

What will Tallahassee look like in five, ten, twenty years? The Imagine Tallahassee initiative is out to enlist as much of the community as possible in planning for that future. At the table: Mike Campbell, director of the North Florida Outreach Initiative for the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State U University College of Business; Kim Williams, president of Marpan; Tracey Cohen, president of Target Copy and Dale Brill, founder and CEO of ThinkSpot.

Perspectives: Homelessness

Jun 14, 2013

The face of homelessness is changing and that presents new challenges for those trying to keep up with the demand for services. An expert panel responds to the issue: Big Bend Homeless Coalition Executive Director Susan Pourciau; Refuge House Executive Director Meg Baldwin; Renaissance Center Director Chuck White; and the present and past directors of The Shelter, Jacob Reiter and Mel Eby.


Perspectives: Art Therapy

Jun 6, 2013

Producing art has become an accepted therapy for combating mental illness. Florida State University Art Therapy Graduate Students Samantha Maederer and Mallori Willis discuss the matter, along with FSU Art Therapy Program Director Professor Marcia Rosal.

Perspectives: TalTech Alliance

May 31, 2013

The TalTech Alliance brings together government, education, and business in the Capital Region to create opportunity, foster economic growth and promote the area as a source of technology innovation. Alliance members Jason Stamm, Marc Paul and Kevin Saunders talk about it.

Perspectives: Financing Higher Education

May 28, 2013

As a nation we now owe more on our student loans than we do our credit cards. Student loan debt has topped a trillion dollars, with the average student owing about $20,000 when they graduate. Some people are now beginning to rethink those college costs. This morning on Perspectives we’ll speak with a local panel of experts on how to keep expenses down while navigate the financial side of higher education.


Florida A&M University Financial Aid Director Lisa Stewart

Florida State University Director Darryl Marshall

Perspectives: Hunger

May 16, 2013

A community project to provide healthy meals to thousands of low-income kids and families in the Big Bend happens June 1st at Tallahassee’s St. Johns Episcopal Church. To speak about it are: Scott Bonnel with Hope2theHungry; Father Dave Killeen from St. Johns; and Paul Clements with Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Perspectives: Strokes

May 9, 2013

Stroke is now the nation’s fourth most common killer, but recent advancements in medical science have greatly improved stroke treatment, recovery and prevention. On the panel to talk about it: Stroke Survivor Doug Wright; and from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Von Knight, Stroke Coordinator; Neurologist Dr. Siddarth Sehghal ; and Sheree Porter, rehabilitation program manager.


Perspectives: Writers Roundtable

May 2, 2013

The Tallahassee Writers Association annual conference and festival is coming up May 17 and 18. We get a preview and discuss the individual craft of local writers: Peggy Kassees, Glynn Marsh Alam, Sam Staley, Ann Marie Bryan and Susan Cerulean.

The 13th Annual LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival is this weekend (April 20-21) in downtown Tallahassee. On hand to talk about it and the community’s artistic endeavors are: LeMoyne Board Member Kelly Dozier and Executive Director Ann Kozeliski; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and festival artists Gustavo, Randy Brienan and Quincie Hamby.

Perspectives: Literacy: Verbal and Financial

Apr 11, 2013

Two units within the United Way of the Big Bend are helping community partner organizations teach kids how to read and both children and adults handle money better. R.J. Gillum is in the charge of the BEST Program that focuses on financial literacy and Courtenay Garcia handles the Reading Pals program.

Perspectives: Lymphedema

Apr 4, 2013

This persistent, uncontrolled swelling often follows cancer treatment. To talk about symptoms, treatment and prevention of lymphedema are: Tallahassee Memorial Therapists Kelly Uanino and Patrictia Quinsey, along with TMH Rehabilitation Center Program Manager Sheree Porter and lymphedema patient Pamela Carlow.

Perspectives: Veterans Stand Down

Mar 28, 2013

It’s the first service supermarket in Leon County for military veterans who need help. Event organizers Washington Sanchez and Robert Streater, both with the Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc. talk about the April 5-7 Veterans Stand Down at the North Florida Fairgrounds.

After 26 years with the Tallahassee Fire Department, Chief Cindy Dick is retiring. She recalls those years and also talks about the challenge of operating a top-notch fire fighting organization.

Perspectives: Non-Profits

Mar 14, 2013

Leon County has more non-profit organizations than any other Florida county. There’s a real trick to effectively running these entities and we get sage advice along that line from Kelly Otte, executive director of the PACE Center for girls and her co-columnist Alyce Lee Stansbury, founder and president of Stansbury Consulting.

Perspectives: International Festivals

Mar 8, 2013


Tallahassee has become the site of many ethnic and cultural celebrations. Organizers from four of the area’s festivals talk about the food and fun they feature: Elizabeth Ricci with the Italian Family Festa; Dr. Thayumanasamy Somasundarum from the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee; Harriet Kanelidis with the Greek Food Festival; and April Katine, organizer of the Tallahassee Jewish Food and Cultural Festival.

Perspectives: Legislative Session Preview

Feb 28, 2013

What’s likely to happen during the upcoming 2013 Florida lawmaking session? Tallahassee State Representatives Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Alan Williams and State Senator Bill Montford give their take on everything from state worker benefits to the “Stand Your Ground” law.

Perspectives: Jobs and Job Training

Feb 14, 2013

Sometimes it’s more about re-creating workers than it is about creating jobs. We talk it over with Workforce Plus Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Moore, Lisa Jones with the Leon County School District’s Adult Education program, Lourena Maxwell, Tallahassee Community College recruitment and outreach coordinator, and Tim Center, executive director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency.